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New Chip Promises Big Performance and Battery Life Improvements


The iPhone 15 Pro (review) has surely made its name for a few reasons. One of which was being the first smartphone equipped with 3 nm system-on-chip. Now, the iPhone 17 Pro slated to arrive in 2025 is gearing up to make another record in the same regards as it is rumored to take advantage of a 2 nm silicon.

While the iPhone 16 Pro is likely enlisting the A18 Pro SoC based on an improved 3 nm process, Apple is said to significantly step up the game in the A19 Pro chip. The chip is supposed to power the iPhone 17 Pro and iPhone 17 Pro Max.

First 2 nm mobile system-on-chip

According to outlet DigiTimes, the next year high-end mobile chipset of Apple will be manufactured using TSMC’s upcoming N2 production technology based on 2 nm process. The upgraded chip production is expected to be rolled out in the second half of 2025, which will be aligned for the launch of the iPhone 17 series.

The most apparent advantage seen for this switch to an even smaller node are the increased efficiency and improved speed by squeezing in more transistors into the chip. It was detailed that the N2 node would gain 15 percent more transistors in the same die size when compared to the N3E node in a 3 nm process.

TSMC's 2 nm manufacturing technology
TSMC’s 2 nm manufacturing technology which is said the Apple A19 Pro SoC is to be manufactured. / © TSMC

Despite the higher number of transistors, the chip based on this 2 nm process could still see of up to 30 percent of reduced power consumption while still offering up to 15 percent faster performance from a 3 nm chip.

Of course, not all of these benefits would be fully realized on the actual chip, such as in Apple’s A19 Pro. In the case of the A17 Pro, several key factors could still play out, such as excessive heat. But nonetheless, the improvements in the 2 nm chip already look promising enough.

Will the standard iPhone 17 get the same 2 nm SoC?

With Apple continuing to distinguish the Pro from the standard iPhone, it is safe to say only the iPhone 17 Pro’s chip will be made in this node, while the iPhone 17 could carry over this year’s 3 nm A18 Pro.

Apart from the A19 Pro, Apple’s future M chip that is found in its iPad tablets and MacBook is also believed to be manufactured in the same advanced chip manufacturing technology. However, it is already shaping up that the iPhone will first take advantage of this.

What are your thoughts on these improvements of Apple’s next iPhone chip? Do this makes the iPhone 17 Pro worth the wait? Share with us your answers in the comments.



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